It's been exactly one week since the devastating fire at 213 East Bay Street, but the Charleston community has already done a lot to help the employees and businesses that were affected.
An online fundraiser, which was set-up last Thursday, has already collected nearly $700 in donations.
Plus, many area businesses are starting to get in on the act. The Charleston City Paper has a great round-up of fundraising events, which you can read in its entirety here. The highlights from their article are below:
For the rest of the month, Sparians at River Bowl Charleston (613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant) will set out a bucket during Service Industry Nights — every Monday from 9 p.m. to close — where people can put their receipts. At the end of the night, Sparians will add up the receipts and donate 15 percent of the total to the 213 East Bay St. employees.
On Wed. April 17 from 5 p.m. to midnight, the City Paper will sponsor a fundraising event at The Alley (131 Columbus St., Charleston). 100 percent of tips, 10 percent of all food and beverage sales, and 50 percent of bowling proceeds will be donated to the fund. Three bands will perform at the event, and so far, Return of the Mac and the Louie D Project have been booked to play. Area bars and restaurants will donate a percentage of their proceeds in the nights leading up to the Alley event, but the schedule has not yet been finalized.
High Cotton (199 East Bay St.) and Slightly North of Broad (192 East Bay St.) will serve a specialty cocktail from now until the event at The Alley, with a portion of the proceeds going to the fire fund.
Mac's Place (215 East Bay St.) is donating $1 from each Fireball shot purchased, and there will be a tip jar at the bar.
On Thurs. April 11, Dave Landeo Band will play at the downtown Wild Wing Cafe (36 N. Market St.). The restaurant will offer $2.50 well drinks, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the fire fund.